At the age of 17, Canadian singer/songwriter Fefe Dobson launched her career in the hard-edged music industry. But even at that tender age Ms. Dobson knew who she was; an intrepid modern girl with a rock and roll spirit. A decade after her initial bust onto the scene Fefe released another album, Joy, back in 2010 and she is primed to maintain a strong legacy with her forthcoming album, Firebird, in 2014. We spoke with the young performer about the importance of being remembered, the challenges of being Canadian and of course her personal style.
You were only 17 when you released your first album and ten years later you’re about to release Firebird. Looking back, what would you have done differently, if anything?
I truly try to live with no regrets, but naturally I have those moments of “what if?” What if I would have done that differently or sang that differently, but there’s no use in pining on things that you can’t change. I’m proud of what I have been able to accomplish as of yet, but there’s so much more that I want to do and want to see come into fruition. I have goals that I’m still trying to reach. It’s never-ending but I think that’s a good thing. I always want to challenge myself and make the best use of my time. I’ve learned so much over the years and it’s really helped me out … so no, I wouldn’t have done anything differently, it’s just a part of my story.
What are some of the challenges you face as a Canadian artist?
I think any artist from any country can face a row of challenges. I don’t think where you’re from creates issues with exposure, especially now with everything being available online. You’re worldwide the minute you hit Send.
Do you feel the Canadian music industry has come a long way in the last decade? Why?
I think Canadian music has always been major. There is and always has been a large handful of artists that make noise across the border. Look at Celine or Shania , Joni Mitchell or Bryan Adams. These artists are known all over the world.
Who do you consider to be your biggest musical influences dead or alive?
There are so many artists that I admire. Some living, some passed. And sometimes I’m not exactly sure as to why I have such admiration for them, but I do. Without trying to analyze it to intensely it’s definitely because of their story and their art. Stevie /nicks , Patti Smith, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash & June, Edie Sedgwick , Michael Jackson, Joan Jett, Coco Chanel.
Your new single is called “Legacy” and really it is up to every artist to create one. Obviously this is something you think about, being in the public eye, you need to constantly think about how to present yourself. How would you define your style?
I would say that stylistically I’m drawn to 60s and 70s classic rock. I like dark colours. Preferably black. I like to wear pieces that feel classic. My go-tos are my striped black & white shirts and leather jackets.
Who are some of your favourite designers?
If you could hold a private concert for one person, who would it be?
What’s on your playlist right now?
Velvet Underground, Bob Marley, The Ramones, The Kills, Nancy Sinatra, Bridget Bardot, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros , The Runaways , Jimi Hendrix , the Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack , The Black Belles , Fleetwood Mac, Bat for Lashes, Amy Winehouse , Marvin Gaye , Nirvana… to name a few.